Port Hills, Christchurch
To get out of the city for a while we went up the cable car to the top of a hill and then biked down.
The weather was crap but was still a great trip out and a lot of fun mountain biking down the hill.
The sign of the Takahe was completed in 1949, and is one of four roadhouses built to preserve the natural state of the Port Hills, which overlook Christchurch and Lyttelton harbour. This exceptional building was designed with the concept of combining English manors, castles and inns with the outcome being the stately Takahe. The building itself was constructed using stone quarried locally from the Port Hills. Most of the stonework was laboriously hand shaped using relatively primitive tools. There are wonderful views over Christchurch and magnificent gardens around this homestead and often there are weddings held here, very popular with overseas couples.
In the distance you can see the Southern Alps which go almost the entire length of the South Island and includes Mount Cook, 3764 metres, Australsia's highest peak.
Ferrymead Historic Park: If you are travelling with children, you may want to check out Ferrymead (269 Bridle Path Road) to sample what Christchurch was like back in colonial times. Conversely, the trams in the central city were provided by this park.